|Municipality of Ferrol|
Map of Romblon with Ferrol highlighted
|Region||Mimaropa (Region IV-B)|
|Barangays||6 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Jovencio Llorca Mayor Jr.|
|• Vice Mayor||Pedro Gelindon |
|• Electorate||4,027 voters (2016)|
|• Total||26.72 km2 (10.32 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||260/km2 (680/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)42|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
|Income class||6th municipal income class|
Ferrol was established in 1850 as a barrio of Odiongan municipality by Spanish colonial authorities. They discovered the place some 10 kilometers south-west after repulsing and chasing a convoy of Muslim pirates that attacked Odiongan. The Spanish noted the resemblance of the bay in the vicinity to the bay of Ferrol, Spain, which is the home port of Spain's Maritime Department of the North, hence the town's name.
In 1978, in order to consolidate the Onhan-speaking barangays of Odiongan into one municipality, Assemblyman Nemesio Ganan Jr. authored a bill in the Congress of the Philippines which created Ferrol, together with the barangays of Agnocnoc, Bunsoran, Hinagoman, Tubigon, and Claro M. Recto in a new municipality. On 11 June 1978, Ferrol formally became the 16th municipality in Romblon by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1492, signed by President Ferdinand Marcos.
Ferrol is located on Tablas Island. It is bounded on the north by Odiongan, on the west by the Tablas Strait, on the east by Santa Maria, and on the south by Looc. It has a total land area of 26.72 km2.
Ferrol is politically subdivided into 6 barangays:
|Barangay||Population (as of 2010)|
|Claro M. Recto||642|
|Population census of Ferrol|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Pursuant to Chapter II, Title II, Book III of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, the municipal government is composed of a mayor (alkalde), a vice mayor (bise alkalde) and members (kagawad) of the legislative branch Sangguniang Bayan alongside a secretary to the said legislature, all of which are elected to a three-year term and are eligible to run for three consecutive terms.
Here are the list of former Mayors of Ferrol:
- Jayson Fabila
- Pacifico Mayor
- Thelma Dondi
- Jovencio Mayor Sr.
- Benedicto Fabila
Ferrol has the highest level of vegetable production in Romblon. Livestock and rice farming are also present in the coastal areas which is mostly for home consumption and grown in small scale. Other economic opportunities include copra farming, fish cultivation, agricultural manufacturing and retail, and tourism. The Tablas Island Electric cooperative supplies 41.78% of households in Ferrol with electricity. As for water supply, the town has a Level 3 water supply system and a Level 4 irrigation system with 75 service areas.
Landline and cellular phone services from PLDT, Smart, and Globe are already available in Ferrol. The town is connected to nearby Odiongan and other municipalities through the Tablas Circumferential Road. Jeepneys and tricycles are the common form of land transportation. A port in Barangay Agnocnoc caters to intra-provincial travel and fishing vessels.
Tourist attractions and transport
Beaches near Ferrol include Atabay and Guin-awayan beaches. Caves the Mabaho and Burobintana caves. The town is accessible via Odiongan by RORO vessels from Batangas City or Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.
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